Halloween Past and Favorites

pumpkins and flowers

This is what autumn should look like everywhere.

Fall is finally here–even in 96 degree weather. There is that subtle shift in the air (you know the one I speak of) and it feels like autumn. People are decorating for Halloween and all the stores smell like cinnamon. What better time is there to share Halloween bits and pieces?

The Easiest Costume I Ever Made: Hair Brush

Yup, I wore bright-colored sweats and made the bristles out of pipe cleaners and pom poms. I sewed the “bristles” to the front of my top, then took some yarn and tangled it through the bristles to look like hair. It was well received.

The Most Fun Halloween Event

I walked through a corn trail that had sunflowers and creative pumpkin displays for the fall and Halloween. The displays were made by local groups and school kids. Ribbons were given out and at the end was a picnic area with apple cider and hot dogs. It was awesome.

The Scariest Halloween Event

A “Haunted House” put on by a local college had a lot of the same ol’ stuff you find at all the places: guy with a chainsaw, people grabbing at you, blah-blah-blah. These students took it up a notch with a room that was decorated like a dusty, old mannequin factory. ‘Cept all theย mannequins were students and they held super still while we walked through. Creepy of the creepiest!

Favorite Monster Tales

This month, the Twitter #51writers hashtag game was all about spooky and scary things and tales. I’d added them below for you to peruse. They are active, so if you’re a tweeter you can comment on them. If not, comment here and let me know your favorites! (The first one is a #futureplug for my MG book.)

questionWhat are some of your favorite stories? Favorite costume? Events? Any big plans for Halloween?

credit for #futureplug phrasing goes to Bryan (maybe Brandon too)
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  1. Young Frankenstein! You rock.
    I think MST3K riffed that first movie.
    I've been through a couple original haunted houses that went above and beyond the normal. Busch Gardens does some good ones.
    Your costume is funny.

  2. My youngest just discovered You Frankenstein!

    96 degrees??? Shoo! I thought we had it hot over here when it was a human 80+ a couple of days ago. Now, we're struggling to get out of the 60s.

    And mannequins are terrifying.

    1. LOL! They are. I fear I may melt today.

  3. Hi Holly – well done for joining in while apple cider and hot dogs for a picnic sounds fun – especially with the warm weather. Your 'hairbrush' sounds so clever … cheers Hilary

  4. A hairbrush – what a cool idea! Love this time of year. The leaves are changing here, the air is cooler – just glorious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I have to agree about Young Frankenstein and Tell Tale Heart. Great idea for a costume, don't think I would have ever though of being a hairbrush. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. A hair brush – LOL!

    We don't celebrate Halloween and haven't had trick-or-treaters in years. But I used to dress up as Brandon Lee in The Crow for parties and stuff.

  7. You were a hair brush. That's funny!

    I dig how the students pulled off their
    haunted house. Very smart and spooky!

  8. I haven't dressed up for Halloween in probably over 20 years. For my last costume (a homemade one) I dressed like broccoli. I wore green coveralls, a green wig, and put green make-up all over my exposed skin. No one figured out what I was except that I was green.

    The original <i>Night of the Living Dead</i> remains my favorite scary movie.

    <a href="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/">Tossing It Out</a>

  9. I keep intending to sew costumes, but then life likes to beat me over the head and say "NO TIME FOR YOU!" So I tend to default to pulling my steampunk gear out of the closet. ๐Ÿ™‚ This year, I'm going to be a hippy, Babyzilla will be Superman, and the girl will be Rey from Star Wars. Had I had time to sew, I would've been Sensei Wu from Ninjago, and the kids would've been the red and blue ninjas.

  10. Check out #FullDark11
    You might find some new favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is awesome. Since my birthday and the birthdays of those closest to me are near Halloween, it's always been a favorite holiday of shared celebrations and get togethers with lots of spooky stuff.

  12. You can always tell its fall where I live because not only do the trees change, but the apple cider comes out in full force. LOL

  13. Good Omens! Great shout. Did you know a TV movie version of it is coming? It sounds like you really enjoy this season. I love the feel of the air this time of year too.

  14. I too am a big fan of Young Fronken-steen.

    And look at you, giving us credit for #futureplug even though you really don't have to. I'm flattered. I was always hoping to contribute to the English language through my writing, but inventing a silly word works, too, I suppose.

    1. It does count! Way to make your mark. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Happy Halloween! I read tons of paranormal stories. Kalayna Price's books are really good. Stacia Kane's Downside books are awesome and unique urban fantasy with ghosts. Of course I enjoy a lot of Stephen King's work.

  16. I haven't dressed up since I was a kid and back then I had one of those vinyl witch's costumes with the plastic mask that was held on by the rubber band in the back.

  17. Halloween is such an epic time. It's also a busy time with 5 kids to get ready. LOL. I love that comb costume idea! That rocks. One of my friend's teenage sons went as "God's Gift to Women," wearing a Christmas wrapped gift box around his torso. I rolled my eyes but had to give him full props for creativity. Since I don't fit in any of my normal clothes, and because I didn't have two seconds to think about it, I didn't have a costume this year, but I usually do. The hubby and I have a great time planning it out and usually start talking two months out from the holiday.

    1. Aw, fun. Yes, with five kids, I bet it's busy from now 'til next year!

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